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Why Helen Hunt Deserves a Best Actress Oscar for The Sessions

May 19, 2013

The Oscars are odd. It’s just about the only reason left for having them; that and for the sake of the people who make red carpets. Every year when the nominations come out, there are three or four days of stories about the “surprises” and the people who were “snubbed.” So Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow were overlooked, but Michael Haneke was remarked on. And Helen Hunt got a supporting actress nod for The Sessions. No, I’m not suggesting that she was undeserving—far from it. But what scheme of things is it that decides her Cheryl in that film is a supporting part?

The Sessions opened in the middle of November 2012, and by nomination day it did not feature in the top 25 films at the American box offic

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